Baja: A Whale of an Adventure

  • Overview
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    9 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners

    In addition to the fun and incredible experience of our Baja Multi-Sport family vacation, this family vacation includes whale-watching excursions that deliver an incredibly close view of these majestic giants breaching the surface. They are so close, in fact, that you may just get the chance to reach out and touch them!

    Recommended Age: 6+

    Whale Watching in Magdalena Bay

    This is the best place and time in the world to witness the largest seasonal migration of gray whales, getting so close you may be able to pet a baby calf breaching the surface for the first time.

    Visit a Friendly Sea Lion Colony

    Take a boat out to a friendly sea lion colony at Isla Los Islotes and jump into the water with these curious and wonderful animals.

    Hike Along a Cliff Top

    Venture into the desert and hike along a cacti strewn cliff top until reaching the beautiful blue sea and delicious picnic.

    Explore Todos Santos

    The quaint town is quintessential Baja, embodying the culture of the peninsula in every fashion from its architecture to its music to its food.

    Snorkel in the Sea of Cortez

    Aptly nicknamed the “Aquarium of the World,” we’ll take you to snorkel in a diverse and beautiful tropical underwater paradise, seeing some of the most colorful fish in the world.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Baja

    Days 1-4

    Todos Santos

    Horseback Ride on the Beach

    Enjoy a ride on an endless stretch of beach, learning from our guide about Baja ranching culture and wildlife as we ride. Keep an eye out gray whales, humback whales, sea turtles and different birds as we ride!

    Los Cerritos Surfing Lesson

    Earn full bragging rights by catching a wave on the spectacular crescent of sand, Los Cerritos, following instructor Mario’s MIST guideline: Mario’s Infallible Surf Technique. You’re guaranteed to Hang 10!

    Friends Across Borders: Palapa Society

    Visit the Palapa Society, a Mexican nonprofit that has been servicing the children of Todos Santos for more than a decade. We’ll have the opportunity to volunteer as language mentors with the Bridge-to-English program and then have a fun piñata party with everyone!

    Cliff Hike

    Take a clifftop hike above the shoreline for spectacular views of stark sand contrasted against vibrant sea, watching for resident sea lions, birds, and whales along the way.

    Days 5-6

    La Paz

    Balandra Bay Kayaking

    Kayak the calm waters of Balandra Bay, surrounded by magnificent rock formations, mangrove thickets and plentiful marine life. Then play or relax on the beach, said to be one of the most beautiful in the entire country!

    Los Islotes Swimming with Sea Lions

    Imagine the delight of your kids as they watch the underwater antics of playful sea lions during a snorkeling excursion in Los Islotes. The sea lions are friendly and will come right up to your family to say hello!

    Days 7-8

    Magdelena Bay

    Magdalena Bay Whale Watching

    Take a boat through magnificent Magdalena Bay, where we’ll have a good chance to see mother whales frolicking with their calves, which may even swim up to our boat for us to reach out and pet! We might even spot some dolphins or sea lions swimming around as well!

    Day 8

    Todos Santos

    Farewell Dinner

    Day 9

    Depart / Arrive home

  • Dates & Prices

    2019 Dates


    Adult $3690
    Teen $3690
    Child $3490

    Additional Info

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book a trip 9 months ahead of the day that you want to leave and get a free GoPro and Travel Protection!

    Triple Discount

    $300 for children under 12 sharing with 2 adults

    Alumni Discount 

    If you are a returning Thomson guest, please subtract $500 per family from these prices.

    Price includes

    All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room, land transportation, private bilingual guide throughout, all meals, bottled water & snacks in the vehicle.

  • Hotels


    Located on the ocean side of Todos Santos, Serendipity is a beautiful property with gorgeous views. The individually configured casitas (little houses) each feature comfortable beds, air conditioning and a full bath. Other amenity highlights include a pool and jacuzzi, and a central pavilion with a fireplace.

    Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel

    The Seven Crown La Paz Centro Hotel is located in downtown La Paz, Baja California Sur just 2 blocks from the Malecon. This hotel features 50 Guest Rooms and Suites, a swimming pool, wireless internet access, and exceptional service.

    Mangrove Inn Baja

    Conveniently located in Lopez Mateos, this new hotel offers great food and service, and clean comfortable rooms.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Smart Traveler Advantages

    Book your trip 9 months in advance and get access to all of the advantages that come with being a smart traveler; from Travel Protection to a brand new GoPro.

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.

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7 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.